Man Dies in Belmont-Central After Being Struck By His Own SUV


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The crash location on the 2100 block of North Austin.

Oscar Vasquez Mendoza, 24, was killed Wednesday when his own SUV rolled over him after he got out of the vehicle to enter the security code on a parking lot gate, according to Officer José Estrada from Police News Affairs.

Mendoza, of the 2300 block of North Moody in Belmont-Central, was visiting a self-storage center nearby, on the 2000 block of North Austin, around 1:40 p.m. He had exited his Jeep in front of the gate to enter the code on the access pad, when the SUV shifted into reverse and struck him, Estrada said. After rolling over the victim, the vehicle crashed into a nearby wall.

Fire Department paramedics soon arrived at the crash scene, and Mendoza was pronounced dead at 1:55 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He died from injuries to his head and upper body, Estrada said.

  • Wewilliewinkleman

    Pretty poorly defined crosswalk. Wonder if it’s been restriped since the Google photo or has deteriorated further.

  • Wewilliewinkleman

    Your counting this as a pedestrian death? He was hit by his own car. Either mechanical problem or he exited without putting his car in park. Sad, but this is a sad and tragic accident, hardly a collision.

  • Scott Sanderson

    wow this is so sad

  • Thanks for your feedback on this. After some discussion, we agree with you. This case really was an accident. It’s not really a reflection of the problems with street design, enforcement, driver behavior, or other issues that Streetsblog is concerned with. We won’t be including this incident in our pedestrian fatality count, and we won’t be covering accidents like this on the site in the future.